Area of interest: My research samples anthropological discourses about nationalism, popular culture production, language ideology, and space and place, and remixes these discourses with emerging inquiry into institutional cultures in postcolonial sites. Specifically, I focus on hip hop as an identity-building and solidarity-building practice among university students in Nigeria, illuminating how young people mobilize their learning inside and outside the classroom to shape themselves and their nation.
Keywords: linguistic anthropology, language ideology, urban anthropology, hip hop studies, youth, poetics, higher education, anthropology of the state
Status: First year
Previous degrees: M.Ed, Higher Education, Iowa State University (2014); M.Ed, Curriculum and Instruction, Lesley University (2012); A.B., Harvard College, African Studies (2010)
Contact information: Katherine_Thompson1@brown.edu